Wu-Tang Clan‘s RZA has responded Jay Electronica‘s recent claims that he made ignorant comments about the south.
RZA claimed he was merely referencing the unbalanced level of education in the country.
“I was speaking on the education level in the South, how brothers drop out … in the sixth grade — some of them because they have to go to work, some of them because of the poverty, some because they’re not interested in the education system… I was speaking on the education level in the South, how brothers drop out … in the sixth grade — some of them because they have to go to work, some of them because of the poverty, some because they’re not interested in the education system…If anybody got a question of what I say, they can ask me. I fear no man. I fear no MC’s talent,” he said. “But I definitely know when you young, you feel a certain way. At one point, we as Wu-Tang was like, ‘The whole industry is wack besides Wu-Tang.’ That was our energy, our spirit.” (MTV)
Electronica made his issues with RZA public during an interview last month.
“Particularly, RZA, I love RZA and I love the Wu-Tang, but I remember RZA — he said some real ridiculous stupid, ignorant things about the South,” Jay explained in an interview. “And he’s from Ohio or something like that about New York from another place. I don’t give a f*ck where you’re from, whether you were born and raised in Brooklyn, where’s your grandparents from? Where’s your great grandparents from? He was saying something to the effect of like, they were talking about the down South music and I think Lil Jon was big at the time — he was talking about the lyricism and quality of music. He was saying, ‘Yeah, we were doing this a long time ago,’ but then when you start talking about the intelligence level, which is a very unwise thing to do and is very disrespectful, because you’re running around saying all these things — this is the first time I’m ever saying this publicly too, peace on RZA he’s a great brother [but] also, RZA, you said some crazy wild sh*t…I put it in a record called ‘I Feel Good’ which I did a long, long time ago.” (The Most Influential)
This also caused a minor spark with New York radio personality DJ Kay Slay.
“What happened in the past happened and the South is eating now and you got on,” Slay said. “Why you keep bringing up old foolishness and keep throwing New York up? I’m taking offense because when Ludacris came around before his first album dropped, he came to my crib to freestyle. T.I. when he first came out came to my crib to freestyle; he asked me to bring him on BET his first time around. 8Ball‘s first time when he came to New York, I took him through Harlem. You’re using these people like no one in New York supported the South and everybody was dogging them [and] that never was the case.” (All Hip Hop)
The deejay later wrote via Twitter denying his comments were meant to encourage a beef.
“Why yall internet n*gga act like yall dont know the difference Between BEEF and cats SPEAKING THEIR MIND. No threats no shots fired!!”
“@JayElectronica Its all Good Sun.. it aint nothin but grown man convo… These 85%ers are takin it somewhere else…peace.” (DJ Kay Slay’s Twitter)
Check out Jay Electronica speaking on RZA below: